What’s goin’ on? I am so very excited about our sixth grade Harvest Party this year! The principle (after careful deliberation) has given us permission to have a school wide scavenger hunt! Well, it’s more like a treasure hunt. Sort of a clue to clue, deciphering roaring good time!
I wouldn’t have dared ask for a younger group…like these same kids in fourth grade. I was tearing my hair out at that party! But they’re kings of the coop this year. They work hard, are responsible and perfectly capable of moving around and acting like they have a some composure. They better not make me look foolish!
I’m really hoping this can be used again (and that kids catch wind of it and want to), so I’ve covered some of the clue cards with clear contact paper so dry erase marker will wipe off. I’m serious. This group better not act up and ruin it for the next crew! It took me more than a minute to put this together!
On that note, there aren’t any printables right now b/c it’s specific to our school, but if you’d like blanks to write in your clues I’ll work on it for you! Just let me know!
Queen of the Theme has a package all ready for you if you’re not trying for a particular theme. There are four colors schemes to choose from but for some reason the one I wanted wasn’t in the choice list. I ordered it but I had already started putting my own together, anyway, and just continued with what I was doing.
Each group will be given their first clue along with a bag containing a notebook, dry erase marker, pencil and timer. Notice the Velcro circles on the notebooks…we’ll get to that in a minute! The other side has a copy of the rules and a few tips…there is no excuse for them to get out of line!
While they eat their snack I’m going to explain the rules and a few of the clue types, but past that they’re on their own! We’ll set our timers all together and they’ll be off! There will also be a timer in the room on the final challenge.
*Update* They loved this! We started snack late, so the teacher suggested that we eat when we got back. I was so worried that 45 minutes wouldn’t be long enough, but it only took about 35 from explaining to get to the prize! I only explained how to use the pig-pen decoder to the whole group, then myself, the teacher and another parent helped individual groups as needed. They all had fun but kept their composure! We had plenty of time after to eat and get into the prizes…sixth graders like a little chill time.
Along the way, each team will collect three numbers (thinking it’s their winning code) that they will collect on their notebooks. I’m going to make them think it’s important for them to be in order so they don’t grab clues that they see but aren’t next. The first team to flip it will realize they all need to be back to complete it!
dumb silly. Those numbers were all out of order on the board I saw and I carefully copied them down and typed them up making sure I got all the right ones. I did this puzzle in Jr. high and didn’t even notice then…it’s the numbers 1-12. I’m having them run all over the school for the numbers 1-12. Think they’ll be mad?
You can actually place the numbers around in any combination from 22-30 per side. Cool, huh?
*Update* It was so funny as they found out they needed everyone! The first group asked if there was any way to divide up the five pumpkins between everyone (yeah, I only put out enough for one team so they really would think they were racing)…then the finished teams were chomping at the bit and practically tackling the returning students for their numbers, but they didn’t know or want to give them up. Finally when they all were back we turned on the projector and I had them tell me where to put the numbers (there were way too many students trying to handle the numbers and they were getting nowhere). Once I got them to reason that the largest numbers had to share the corners they got the rest on the first try! Then I remembered there were 15 more prize pumpkins in my bag.
So here are our clue types!
Our school has sayings and Spanish labeling painted on the walls, so I used those along with fixtures (fountain, trophy case etc.). We’ll see how many have been paying attention to the writing on the walls for the past 6 years!
I printed the wheel from dabblesandbabbles.com. This wheel is a bit trickier than others, but I like the added challenge!
*Update: A simpler wheel would have been better.
It’s prints big so I did 2 per page. Our envelopes are 6×9 ($3/25 at Wal-Mart) and they fit well.
When they get the correct symbols lined up the holes reveal the letters leading to the next location (exit for car riders in this instance).
The concept is that the wheels move around the cylinder (so you move the letters up or down into the clue line), but I borrowed the idea from the package I bought to only give one option to go up or down. You could give as many letters above or below as you wanted, or go all out and make each group their own wheel. Pinterest is loaded with homemade versions! That was my original intention, but I decided that I wanted everything to fit in the envelopes with each clue. My first thought was to give them a bag full of decoders and them have to figure out which to use.
My kindergartner’s have been collecting their abc’s around mazes here lately, and I was surprised to see it included in the package! I covered this one completely in clear contact paper for the dry erase pens! The maze came from makeandtakes.com.
Red Film Decoder:
Everyone’s final clue and number are on these red filter clues. You might remember that we made these at one of our fourth grade class parties.
Getting it Ready:
To organize, all the clues are grouped with their location, and which clues go where is also written on the bags in case of any mishaps getting there!
I sat down on the floor and had post it notes labeled with the locations sort of laid out like our school. I really had to think about it (“Clue 2 is at the exit and leads to 3 at the fountain…”) I put them down as I did this imagination walk-through, once group at a time.
Each group has an animal sticker and dedicated color that is on everything so they don’t grab someone else’s clue. Each group has a different order and sometimes different locations (there are two different bathrooms/fountains).
I want to thank our other room parents for all the cutting and organizing help!
I already shared the prize with you…these adorable pumpkin favors!
Hope your inspired!! Let me know if you need anything and what you think!
‘Til next time!